I am James Virgil Seelye from Pekin, Il. My dad is James Glen Seelye, also from Pekin. His dad was Glen and his grandfather was James Abner Seelye. James Abner was born in Pekin, Il. in 1852. He died in Pekin at the age of 83.
James Abner's parents were Abner Seelye/Seley/Sealy (b.1820 or 1821 in Ohio) and Lucretia Joy (b.1826 in Maine).They were married in Tazewell Co., Illinois in 1844 and lived in the city of Pekin in Tazewell Co., Illinois from at least 1844 thru 1850. Children: William H.; b. 1844 in Illinois Louisa L.; b. 1847 in Illinois Caroline: b. 1849 in Illinois James Abner; B. 1852 in Illinois
In 1854,Abner was re-married to Mariam Merill (b.1827 in Maine).They were married in Tazewell Co., Illinois.They lived in Pekin, Illinois from at least 1854 thru 1860. Children: Amelia; b. 1853 in Ohio, Probably Mariam's child before marriage to Abner. Ida; b. 1859 in Illinois
In 1861, Abner was re-married to Catherine Emerick (b. 1843 in N.Y.).They were married in Tazewell Co., Illinois.They lived in Pekin, Illinois thru 1870. Children: John; b. 1862 in Illinois George; b. 1864 in Illinois Daisy B.; b. 1866 in Illinois Lilly W.; b. 1868 in Illinois Margaret; b. 1869 in Illinois
James Abner married Frankie Herriford in Bernadotte, Il. on May 30, 1872. They lived in Pekin, Il. and had 8 children. Their names and residences (in 1935) were; 1) Blanche Vogel - Zion City, Il. 2) Cora Court - Peoria, Il. 3) Harry Seelye - Peoria, Il. 4) Myra Wynn - Kokomo, In. 5) Daisy Schwemin (Duncan) - Pekin, Il. 6) Louise Bussert - Pekin, Il. 7) Earl Seelye - Peoria, Il. 8) Glen Bryan Seelye - (My Grandfather)
I am trying to trace the lineage of my branch of the Seelye family. The information I have for James Abner came from a newspaper obituary that I found in some old family records. I have been able to determine that Abner was born in Ohio in 1820 or 1821 and verify his marraiges via Illinois certificates.But, I have not been able to find his parents names or the names of any siblings.If anyone can help me with the names of Abner's parents it would be greatly appreciated. Jim Seelye e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org